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ASTM E1466 1992 Edition, March 15, 1992
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Standard Specification for Use of Bar Codes on Specimen Tubes in the Clinical Laboratory
Includes all amendments and changes through Reapproval Notice , 1999
Additional Comments: W/D S/S BY NCCLS LIS7-A
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1. Scope

1.1 This specification specifies the way bar coded sample identification labels are applied to clinical specimen containers. It documents the form, placement, and content of bar code labels on specimen tubes that are used on clinical laboratory analyzers. It enables Laboratory Information System vendors to produce reliable bar coded symbols that are readable by any complying clinical laboratory analyzer vendor.

1.2 This specification is intended to apply to all clinical settings where specimens are collected from patients for examination or analysis in health care laboratory operations. It is complementary to, and extends, the Health Industry Business Communication Council (HIBCC). The document covers requirements that include the symbology, print quality measurement (wavelength of light), module width, symbol size, placement and orientation of the label, and data form and content.

1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are provided for information only.